Not The Same Cloud, for violin, cello and electronics, was composed in Brooklyn, my home since 2010.
I am very fortunate to have had the piece recorded by two magical musicians: the cellist Ashley Bathgate and the violinist Elissa Cassini. I came to know Ashley back in 2011, when I saw her perform at a contemporary music festival in New York;
we collaborated once on another piece of mine, a work for cello duo and electronics. By pure chance, I later met Elissa, on a subway platform, coming back from an uplifting Nick Cave show one night. I remember we talked about the contemporary music scene and about life and soon made plans to work together. Not The Same Cloud was filmed at House Of Yes, Brooklyn, a few weeks before this acclaimed club opened its doors to art-lovers across disciplines.
— Yo’av Shemmesh
“Where I am,
I don’t know,
I’ll never know,
in the silence you don’t know,
you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.”
Described as “truly communicative” (New York Times), international concert violinist Elissa Cassini’s vibrant stage presence has captivated audiences worldwide as “an impeccable and powerful soloist” (Neue Musik Zeitung). Spanning the violin’s full expressive range from the favorite concertos to over a dozen premieres of new works written especially for her, Elissa created the Duplexity Project to promote innovative collaborations that transcend the traditional recital format.
American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a outstanding cellist”(The Washington Post) Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. Bathgate touring around the world as a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars.